11/6 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: At 2 a.m. Thursday, police officers searched an SUV with four juvenile males inside. The car was parked in a soccer field on the 2600 block of Echols Street. The car had a broken light, the driver failed a field sobriety test […]

10/30 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in the 9th Judicial District Court between Oct. 5 and Oct. 19: • Steven Lujan, 22, was found guilty by a jury of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of burglary tools, concealing identity, failure to carry proof of financial responsibility, evidence […]

10/16 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in the 9th Judicial District Court between Sept. 28 and Oct. 5: • Elias Chaves, 29, pleaded guilty to aggravated fleeing from a law enforcement officer, to resisting, evading or obstruction of an officer and to possession of marijuana (1 ounce or less). He was ordered to serve probation. […]

10/9 Police Blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: • At 6 a.m. on Tuesday, a woman on the 1000 block of Wallace called the police station after she woke up, found the back door open, and discovered her car and keys missing. The woman told the responding police officers that […]

Clovis man found guilty

Francesea Duran cries Thursday at the Curry County Courthouse after hearing the verdict, which found her uncle, Steven Duran, guilty of first-degree murder, as well as five other charges. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson and Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writers The man Cindy Gallegos holds accountable for her brother’s death was found guilty […]

Police blotter 9-11

CNJ staff Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Police responded Wednesday to a call of a man lying on the grass in the 700 block of Wallace St. Upon checking the male, police noted that he was a minor and he smelled strongly of alcohol. Once the subject […]

Court martial results

27th Fighter Wing Legal Office Airman 1st Class Robert Myers, 27th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, pled guilty to distribution and use of methamphetamine on multiple occasions, distribution of marijuana and fraudulent enlistment in a general court-martial held on Aug. 16, 2005. The case arose when a local law enforcement investigation found that Airman Myers was selling […]

8/21 Court Dispositions

The following individuals were found by the 9th Judicial District Court to have enough evidence against them to justify proceeding with a trial: • Melodi Sorge, 28, charged with possession of a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Marijuana. • Mark Cameron Battles, 45, charged with false imprisonment, battery against […]

Cops and courts: Clovis man sentenced for forgery, meth possession

A 42-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 3 1/2 years in prison on multiple charges, according to a press release from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. Alexander Morgan was found guilty of forgery, possession of methamphetamine, one count of issuing a valueless check, one count of shoplifting, and one count of embezzlement, according […]

6/5 Court Dispositions

The following criminal dispositions were filed in 9th Judicial District Court: • Moses Estraca, 31, pleaded guilty to breaking and entering, aggravated burglary (armed after entering), aggravated assault (deadly weapon against a household member) and other allegations. He was ordered to serve five years supervised probation, pay all probation costs, pay all fines, attend a […]

Cops & courts: Would-be robbers foiled by undercover cops

A possible robbery attempt was foiled Wednesday when the would-be robbers inadvertently made contact with two undercover police officers, according to a press release from the police department. The officers were conducting surveillance related to another case about 11 p.m. when two subjects approached and tapped on the window of their vehicle. According to the […]

Suspect profiles

Compiled by David Irvin Three men and one woman are in police custody in connection with last week’s deaths of Odis and Doris Newman. The following profiles of the suspects were compiled by Freedom Newspapers Staff Writer David Irvin. Jerry Fuller Age: 32 Residence: Portales Charge: Two open counts of murder Bond: None Fuller is […]

Trial date set for one accused brother

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — A trial date has been set for one of two Portales brothers accused in the April slaying of 19-year-old Amber Robinson. Richard Baca, 18, will go to trial May 16-25, on charges of first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, senior prosecutor Donna Mowrer said. Clifford Baca, 20, also appeared Thursday before […]

Clovis police officer injured during arrest

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer A Clovis police officer was injured while making an arrest Saturday night and will be off duty for nine to 12 weeks. Officer Robert Denney called dispatchers about 11:15 p.m. Saturday to report he had begun a pursuit after seeing a 2001 Ford Escort driving southbound on Main […]

Police Blotter 4/28

About 1 p.m. Friday, police responded to a Clovis junior high school where the assistant principal had a 15-year-old male student in his office who had admitted to grabbing the breast of a 14-year-old female student. Police told the boy what he did was illegal, issued him a juvenile citation, and advised the boy’s mother […]

Homicide cases still active within courts

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter says the only recent unsolved homicide in Curry County is that of J.C. Tucker, who was shot to death at his business near Cannon Air Force Base on Sept. 4, 2003. The following cases are still working their way through the court […]

Police Blotter 4/4

About 11 a.m. Wednesday, agents of the Region 5 Drug Task Force converged on a home at the 500 block of Tennessee with an arrest warrant. A woman drove away from the home in a green Dodge truck as officers approached, and officers stopped the vehicle on the grounds that they believed the woman was […]

Police Blotter 3/28

About 1:30 p.m. Monday, police responded to the apartment office at 1000 N. MLK regarding a woman who had been attacked several days earlier. The woman told police she had left her car and begun to walk to her apartment when she noticed three males following her. She tried to run up the stairs but […]

Cops and Courts: Two arrested on drug charges

Darrell Todd Maurina The Region V Drug Task Force arrested two people accused of drug trafficking last weekend, Sgt. Jay Longley said. The Clovis Police Department called task force officers to La Quinta Inn on Feb. 20 and arrested Terrance Jones, 21, on a charge of possession with intent to traffic a controlled substance. Jones […]

Cops and Courts: Suspect indicted in Jan. 13 shooting death

By Darrell Todd Maurina Ninth Judicial District Attorney Brett Carter announced Friday that a Curry County grand jury has indicted Steve Robert Duran on murder charges in connection with the death of Ricardo Gallegos, 49, of Clovis. Carter said Duran shot and killed Gallegos on Jan. 13 during the commission of a robbery on Sunrise […]